BEIRUT (Reuters) – Israeli conflict planes attacked with missiles unspecified targets near Damascus, the Syrian capital, on Tuesday and injured three Syrian troopers, Syrian state media quoted a army supply as saying.
Smoke rises previous a mountain as seen from Damascus countryside, Syria December 25, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
“Our air defenses confronted hostile missiles launched by Israeli war planes from above the Lebanese territories and downed most of them before reaching their targets,” the army supply mentioned.
An arms depot was hit and three troopers have been injured as a result of attack, the supply added.
The nature of the Israeli missiles targets was unclear.
Syrian state media reported earlier within the night downing a number of “hostile targets” near Damascus.
An Israeli army spokeswoman declined to touch upon the stories.
“An IDF aerial defense system activated in response to an anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria,” the official Israeli military Twitter account later mentioned.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.Ok.-based conflict monitor, mentioned Israeli missiles have been launched from above the Lebanese territories and focused western and southwestern Damascus rural areas.
“A number of missiles hit arms depots for Hezbollah or Iranian forces,” the observatory mentioned. No casualties or losses have been reported.
Lebanese state-run National News Agency mentioned Israeli conflict planes carried out mock raids above southern Lebanon.
During the greater than seven-year battle in neighboring Syria, Israel has grown deeply alarmed by the increasing clout of its arch enemy Iran – a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Israel’s air drive has struck scores of targets it describes as Iranian deployments or arms transfers to Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah motion within the conflict.
Reporting by Hesham Hajali in Cairo, Kinda Makieh in Damascus and Dan Williams in Jerusalem; Writing by Dahlia Nehme; Editing by Edmund Blair and Leslie Adler